Adam Taggart
By Adam Taggart on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 - 8:05pm

A How-To Guide For Installing A Home Garden

This contribution in our Resilience Spotlight series, featuring stories from Peak Prosperity readers, comes from one of the site's founders: me. When I moved from Silicon Valley up to Sonoma County CA five years ago in 2012, I documented my steps when putting in a garden at our new home. My hope is this write-up inspires and guides a few new gardeners this year.

If you've been intending to become a gardener but aren't quite sure yet how to get started, this how-to guide is for you.

By pinecarr on Sat, Aug 1, 2015 - 11:53am

Railroad ties: a potential source of water & garden pollution?

With the heightened sense that the economy is getting more and more unstable, I've been trying to shift gears to more seriously address resiliency (vs temporary emergency) preps.  So water resiliency is one of the things that is now at the top of my list.

In addition to looking at rainwater collection, I have started to more seriously consider getting a well drilled on my property.  So I started looking for answers to questions like:

"Are there local businesses that specialize in well-drilling that I may be able to hire?" (Yes). 

By jasonw on Thu, May 8, 2014 - 3:08pm

Farmbot - thoughts on its use.

Anyone looking into using the Open Source Farmbot technology?  Today I came across a post on the resilient communities site about this new Open Source Technology called Farmbot that can help automate gardening and farming.  and the farmbot site:

By jasonw on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 - 6:20pm

Zone 5b Gardeners?

My family recently move back to Colorado to live on a 40 acre homestead closer to my wife's work and we now are faced with the challenge of growing a garden at 7800'.  Looks like we will have a 90 day growing season.  Any folks out there growing at high elevations with short seasons.  Any new special tips, tricks, ideas for success?  New crop varieties to try?

Looking forward to getting some feedback. 



Adam Taggart
By Adam Taggart on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 - 10:03pm

Podcast on the Importance of Growing Heirloom Plants in Your Garden

I'm cross-posting our new podcast with Jere Gettle of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds to bring it to the attention of this Group, as it's particularly relevant to those interested in backyard gardening.

Preserving heirloom strains and expanding their use among small farmers and backyard gardeners is important for many reasons, including:

Wendy S. Delmater
By Wendy S. Delmater on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 - 9:13am

potato tower

Adam Taggart is using a potato tower this year:



By jasonw on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 - 6:12pm

Canned Diced Roasted Green Chiles replacement

Does anyone know what type of pepper companies use for canned diced green chiles?  They are typically really mild. I am looking to grow, roast, and can my own this season and I am curious to see if anybody has some feedback on what I might try.  Ancho or anaheim perhaps?  We currently have 11 varieties of peppers started but I want to make sure I get the right type started before I run out of time.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.

By jasonw on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 - 8:38pm

Experience Growing Wheat

Does anyone have any experience growing small patches of wheat?  I am thinking about doing an experimental patch of hard winter wheat this fall using 4 cattle panels with 8' T-posts (wire topped) as the fenced in area (deer and goat protection).  This will give me 256 SQFT of space to grow a micro plot of grain.  Is it big enough to get enough grain to make a pizza? Anybody have any tips or considerations for this endeavor.  Thanks, Jason.

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Growing Your Own Fruits & Vegetables

Growing your own fruits & vegetables is a process of urban agriculture, suburban gardening, or small farming of food for non-commercial use; including everything from windowsill herb gardens to small, self-sustaining farms. It can be a form of permaculture or organic gardening – or may involve the use of small-scale chemicals & fertilizers.